Steal Major Design Inspo From These 9 Gorgeous, Sunny Spaces

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There's no better time to start thinking about your home's sense of hygge — that is, the spare but very cozy minimalism epitomized by Danish houses.
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One tactic for instant hygge: Carve out space under the eaves for a cozy attic bed. In this former fishermen’s cottage outside Copenhagen, the residents did just that with a custom designed platform bed by Bjerre-Poulsen that maximizes storage and fits the unusual space.
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A savvy antiques collector opened a furniture showroom in her apartment building in Copenhagen. She shows Dwell how to assemble the perfectly imperfect mix with Danish classics, vintage European design, and new lighting.

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One Danish family forged a new path by living for one year in the Active House, a green-home prototype. One time-tested Danish approach to a long winter? Embrace it with all-white interiors.
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To counteract how much time they spend at home due to the country's high cost of living and its lengthy winters, Danes also surround themselves with bright colors and beautiful items. Here, the roofline under the BIG's Mountain housing in Ørestad, Copenhagen’s tiny but buzzing new hub of urban development.
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This Vipp designer and his family, who live in a converted loft in an up-and-coming area of Copenhagen, balanced bright white interiors with black accents, from furniture to kitchen to, yes, a wood-burning fireplace.

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One absolute must-have for amping up the hygge factor? A fireplace. Life inside this summerhouse in North Zealand, Denmark, revolves around the brick chimney, which the architect surrounded with a concrete counter that wraps from the kitchen to the living area.
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Crucial tip: Even in a modern design, reference Nordic tradition. This conference center, designed by the Amsterdam-based firm SeARCH, is an extension of a 14th-century Danish farm and building. Its warm wood cladding keeps the instutional structure from seeming too harsh for the environment.
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Also note the similarities between Danish and Japanese design. In Præstø, on the Danish island of Zealand, a guesthouse infuses the regional vernacular with Japanese influence, including a fuss-free wood-paneled interior that glows with warmth.